England pacer Chris Jordan has revealed that he has faced racial abuse on social media after their defeat in the 2021 T20 World Cup semi-final, against New Zealand. He also said that people held him responsible for England losing in the big game. Although Jordan started the tournament quite well, his form went down towards the end of it. He proved to be England’s most expensive bowler in their five-wicket loss to New Zealand in the semi-final, conceding 31 runs in three overs that too without any wickets as well.
Speaking in a video produced by Royal London and the ECB, he said, “Six months ago, in the World Cup semi-final, things didn’t go our way. Social media, it was relentless for me, on Twitter and Instagram there were lots of racist comments on my pictures and in my direct messages because we had lost a World Cup game. People felt that I had a big part to do with that.”
However, the turning point of the semi-final came in the 17th over when James Neesham smashed him for 23 runs. Daryl Mitchell remained unbeaten at 72, helping New Zealand chase down 167 with ease. Meanwhile, England had a great season in the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE up till that point but they lost against New Zealand. But, he credited Eoin Morgan and Joe Root and referred to England’s dressing room as one of the most diverse and inclusive in world cricket as well.
“From my point of view, the England team currently is as diverse as it gets. I know that I’ve made some very good, lifelong friends in that changing room.”That’s a credit to people like Eoin Morgan and Joe Root because our changing room is one of the most diverse [in world cricket]. Real change will come from within, through having real conversations, as some people are just unaware. It’s about continued education,” Chris Jordan concluded.